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Man on Wire

25wire-75 Philippe Petit captured the world's attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York's Twin Towers. This Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores the preparations that went into the stunt as well as the event and its aftermath.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
NYT Critics' Pick
James Marsh's "Man on Wire" is a thorough, understated and altogether enthralling documentary. Read the review
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It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.
 
By any rational gauge, Petit's WTC obsession was flat-out crazy, but Marsh takes a limpid, nonjudgmental view of it all.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth.
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
James Marsh tells Petit's story, the most inspiring 'heist' in modern history, a Frenchman's stroll between two 110 story buildings in lower Manhattan.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren't.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper. And, oh yeah, the movie's pretty good, too.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
The word 'documentary' doesn't begin to do justice to [director] Marsh's achievement.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press  full review
 
A documentary about a towering act of daring proves a spine-tingling memorial to recklessness as art.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
A gift of a documentary.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
They say that seeing is believing, but Man on Wire will make you doubt what your eyes are telling you -- it really will -- as you shake your head in amazement and awe.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
There's nothing on movie screens now that can compare with the footage of Petit's performance.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Man on Wire, the delightful documentary about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's incroyable early-morning trip between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, is an interesting film to watch from the front row.
Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
This film is a celebration of human achievement; it soars with the promise that we are shackled to the ground only by lack of imagination and will.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
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